See YPT Play ‘Silence is Violence’

Performance features young playwrights’ work on gentrification in DC

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2018 Youth Playwright's Theater, 'Silence is Violence' features on-minute plays written by young play wrights. Image Courtesy Youth Playwright's Theater

Young Playwrights’ Theater’s (YPT) social justice performance series Silence is Violence will return Monday, March 5, 2018, at 7 p.m. at the Josephine Butler Parks Center (2437 15th St NW).

Silence is Violence: Whose Earth is This, DC? will tackle issues of gentrification and environmental change in District neighborhoods with a performance of one-minute plays written by young playwrights as well as professional theater artists.

The night will feature engaging activities to push audience members beyond discussion and into action with a spirit of understanding and love of our DC community. Tickets are on sale now. Members of the media are cordially invited to attend.

For this installment of Silence is Violence, YPT is proud to collaborate with City Blossoms and the SEED School of Washington, DC. YPT Program Director and teaching artist Jared Shamberger visited SEED School classrooms and the youth entrepreneurs of the Mighty Greens Youth Entrepreneurship Program at City Blossoms to guide young writers toward the completion of a one-minute play as well as poetic letters to DC.

Image courtesy YPT

These plays and letters will center on their thoughts and feelings about the changes they see in their neighborhoods and the roles they see themselves playing in the conversation. YPT will also present the work of established local playwrights, enhancing the diversity of perspectives.

“As a lifelong DC-area resident, I’ve seen how the changes in DC’s neighborhoods and demographics have affected my own psyche as well as the young people we work with each day,” says YPT Artistic Director Farah Lawal Harris. “I believe this spring’s Silence is Violence event will be a great opportunity for our young people to articulate their thoughts and feelings on gentrification in their communities in an artistic platform.”

In addition to the performance of one-minute plays by a professional cast of actors, the night will also feature a space for the audience to write and share thoughts of their own in an atmosphere that also encourages celebration and pride in Washington DC.

Silence is Violence: Whose Earth is This, DC? plays at 7 p.m. Monday March 5th, at Josephine Butler Parks Center (2437 15th St. NW).

Tickets are $12 in advance for adults over 18 years of age, name your own price at the door and free for young people under the age of 18 years.

Buy tickets online or by calling 202-387-9173.

For more information about Silence Is Violence and other YPT performances and events, please contact YPT Communications Associate Teshonne Powell at tpowell@yptdc.org.